A call to action has been made to the private sector to take advantage of the government grants available for apprentices.

Businesses can apply for funding up to £1500 for an apprentice who undergoes a 13-week course in core skills including customer service, business administration and team leadership.

PHX Training is highlighting the opportunities available through its government-funded apprenticeship scheme which incorporates registration, developing job specification, identifying skills required and advice on all matters including funding.

David Smith, PHX Training co-ordinator, said: “We urge all business owners to use this scheme now while funding is available.

“This is a great opportunity to grow their business and employ a young person while receiving financial help at the same time.

“We can match up what business needs with suitable candidates and then provide the specific skills framework for the individual to ensure they can make a valuable contribution.”

PHX Training has a 50-strong team of trainers offering wide-ranging online resources as well as face-to-face facilities at training centres including Blackpool, Barrow-in-Furness, Kendal and Workington.

For further information about the training schemes on offer those interested should contact David Smith, PHX Training at davesmith@phxtraining.co.uk, tel 01253 807704.
In 2011, the government spent £1bn in England to create more than 450,000 apprenticeships, which was a 63 per cent rise on the number the previous year.
In April, Skills Minister John Hayes said that all apprenticeships must now last a minimum of 12 months.